Inside Russia's Largest Bitcoin Mine

Several sites are reporting that warranty for video cards from MSI are being slashed to 6 months and Gigabyte cards are now 90 days in Russia. Russia has several larger scale digital coin mining operations. Evidently the 24/7 use of modern cards is leading to a rapid demise of video cards which is a horror story for the gaming community. Russia currently accounts for 6.9% of global crypto mining capacity, putting it in third place behind the U.S. (7.24%) and China (65.08%).

Bitcluster, the owner of the crypto mining operation, plans to expand the firm’s activities after launching the facility in late 2020. According to the company’s website, the datacenter is getting electricity rates as low as $0.03 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

The bitcoin mining operation is using an abandoned Norilsk Nickel plant that was closed in 2016. The place is perfect for crypto mining: it’s cold and the area has power that’s not linked to any of Russia’s power grids.

Mining oriented Radeon Polaris cards are largely all back mining again. Vega cards are not as good for mining but prices are elevated due to the general shortage of cards, RDNA cards are not as good as Polaris for mining.

Gigabyte’s latest move is shocking. It recently released its CMP 30HX D6 6G, which is essentially a GTX 1660 Super without any outputs.  So far not much has noted with Palit cards which seem to be used mostly in Asia.

EVGA has a 3 year warranty on the RTX 2080 is use at present but the card is now old enough that it has expired. EVGA does sell more insurance but the card is unlikely to fail any time soon. Given this reaction in Russia it now makes the studio wonder what is coming next.

MSI cards affected by 6 month warranty:

  • Radeon RX 570 MINER 8G
  • Radeon RX 580 MINER 8G
  • Radeon RX 5500 XT MINER
  • Radeon RX 5600 XT MINER
  • Radeon RX 5700 MINER
  • Radeon RX 5700 XT MINER
  • GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER GAMING X RU
  • GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z RU
  • GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS OC RU
  • GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS XS OC RU
  • GeForce GTX 1660 VENTUS XS OC RU
  • GeForce RTX 3060 VENTUS 2X OC RU
  • GeForce RTX 3060 Ti VENTUS 2X OC RU
  • GeForce RTX 3070 VENTUS 3X OC RU
  • GeForce RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X 10G OC RU
  • GeForce RTX 3090 VENTUS 3X OC RU
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